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Two St. Gregory students win funniest play in national writing contest

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two local high school students are headed to the Big Apple for a special honor.

They wrote a play that was hand-picked by David Letterman's team of writers.

I think the plot twist would be the talking giraffes - surreal stories - I'll bet William Howard Taft was involved.

Crazy characters - The comedic and the absurd – a specialty for student writers Victoria Stiely and Peter Chipman.

 "And then the other character says you're forgetting the underwater research station, and then they have a field of radioactive corn," said Peter Chipman.

 "Alfonso's character arc with the custard making scenes etcetera," said Victoria Stiely.

The two Saint Gregory prep students entered their play titled Set Back in a contest called Writopia Lab's worldwide plays festival to be judged by David Letterman's writing staff.

The former late night host's team placed it first for funny—funniest play in the high school category.

"We got that email that night that we won so it was definitely a surprise."

It's also a good start for Victoria—who dreams of writing the next hit TV show.

"As you grow up you're like, well that's dreaming this is reality," said Victoria. That goal - suddenly not so out of touch.

Now Set Back is in the hands of Letterman's production company—to be included in its annual Off Broadway show.

"It will probably be pretty surreal seeing the words you've written being performed by people you've never met before," said Peter.

"I'm not trying to expect anything so  it will just be interesting," according to Victoria.

This Saturday night Peter and Victoria will be sitting in the audience watching professional actors perform their play, in addition to that, they will each get a $1,000 towards their college education. 

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